Miranda Lambert after her ACM Awards win backstage:

The 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards opened with Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban performing each of their hit songs from this past year.  The opening ended with Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, and Joe Walsh paying tribute to the late Chuck Berry.  The opening performances were followed by a funny slideshow recapping Bryan and Bentley’s time in Las Vegas for the weekend.

Performance highlights of the night include Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Backroad” where he went into the audience and paid tribute to his soon-to-be wife.  Maren Morris took the stage shortly afterward to perform her new single, “I Could Use a Love Song;” she took the stage again performing Thomas Rhett’s new single “Craving You.”  Chris Stapleton and his beautiful wife gave an unforgettable performance that made audience members jump to their feet for a standing ovation.

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Newcomers, Brothers Osborne, took the stage with their hit single “Ain’t My Fault,” while Kelsea Ballerini stole viewers’ hearts with her single, “Yeah Boy.”  Keith Urban also took the stage to perform not only his song, “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” but a remarkable rendition of “The Fighter” with Carrie Underwood.  Other notable performances of the night include Lady Antebellum’s “You Look Good,” Brett Eldridge’s “Something I’m Good At,” and Rascal Flatt’s “If You Want it.”

Two of the evening’s standout performances come from Reba and Christian Music artist, Lauren Daigle’s, heart-wrenching and uplifting performance of “Back to God,” as well as Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet Boys’ performances of “God, Your Mama, and Me” and “Backstreet’s Back.”  The Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet Boys duet had the entire crowd jumping on their feet, most notably front row’s guests Carrie Underwood, Nicole Kidman, and Keith Urban.

We offer a huge congratulations to the winners of this evening as they all gained well deserved recognition for the hard work they’ve put into the music that reigns throughout 2016. King of it all, Jason Aldean, brought home the gold for Entertainer of the Year.  Male Vocalist of the Year was Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris in tow with Female Vocalist of the Year.  Newcomers to the scene, Osborne Brothers, bring home the victory for Vocal Group of the Year while the incredible Miranda Lambert scooped up the award for Album of the Year for “The Weight of These Wings.”  Song of the Year rightfully went to Thomas Rhett for his song “Die A Happy Man.”

Finally, one of the most sobering moments of the night was the win for Video of the Year for the song “Forever Country,” an incredible “Thank You” to some of country music’s greatest hits.  Country music royalty, including Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, and the wonderful Faith Hill and Tim McGraw stormed the stage to receive the much deserved congratulations  for this epic compilation.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

  • Jason Aldean (Winner)
  • Luke Bryan
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Keith Urban

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Jason Aldean
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Thomas Rhett (Winner)
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert (Winner)
  • Maren Morris
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

  • Big & Rich
  • Brothers Osborne (Winner)
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • Eli Young Band
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town (Winner)
  • Old Dominion
  • Rascal Flatts

NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE

  • Kane Brown
  • Chris Janson
  • Chris Lane
  • Jon Pardi (Winner)
  • Brett Young

NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE

  • Lauren Alaina
  • Cam
  • Brandy Clark
  • Maren Morris (Winner)

* four nominees only

NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE

  • A Thousand Horses
  • Brothers Osborne (Winner)
  • Dan + Shay
  • LOCASH
  • Maddie & Tae

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • Black – Dierks Bentley

Producers: Ross Copperman, Arturo Buenahora Jr.

Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

 

  • Dig Your Roots – Florida Georgia Line

Producer: Joey Moi

Record Label: Big Machine Label Group

 

  • HERO – Maren Morris

Producers: busbee, Brad Hill, Maren Morris

Record Label: Columbia Nashville

  • Ripcord – Keith Urban

Producers: Jeff Bhasker, busbee, Nathan Chapman, Nitzan Kaikov, Dann Huff, Tyler Johnson, Johnny Price, Nile Rodgers, Keith Urban, Greg Wells

Record Labels: Hit Red Records, Capitol Records Nashville

  • The Weight of These Wings – Miranda Lambert (Winner)

Producers: Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf

Record Labels: RCA Nashville, Vanner Records

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban

Producers: Dann Huff, Keith Urban

Record Labels: Hit Red Records, Capitol Records Nashville

  • H.O.L.Y. – Florida Georgia Line (Winner)

Producer: Joey Moi

Record Label: Big Machine Label Group

  • Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw

Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw

Record Labels: McGraw Music, Big Machine Records

  • My Church – Maren Morris

Producers: busbee, Maren Morris

Record Label: Columbia Nashville

  • Vice – Miranda Lambert

Producers: Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf

Record Labels: RCA Nashville, Vanner Records

SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

  • Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban

Songwriters: Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen

Publishers: WB Music Corp (ASCAP), Music Of The Corn (ASCAP), HillarodyRathbone Music (ASCAP), BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP), House of Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Spirit Catalog Holdings (S.a.r.l.), Spirit Two Nashville (ASCAP)

  • Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett (Winner)

Songwriters: Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Joe Spargur

Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music Inc (BMI), Cricket On The Line (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp (BMI), Eastman Pond Publishing (BMI), Music of Big Deal (BMI), Nice Life (BMI), Frederic And Reid Music (BMI), BMG Platinum Songs (BMI), Brodsky Spensive Publishing (BMI)

  • Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw

Songwriter: Lori McKenna

Publishers: Songs of Universal Inc (BMI), Hoodie Songs (BMI)

  • Kill A Word – Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens

Songwriters: Eric Church, Luke Dick, Jeff Hyde

Publishers: Emileon Songs (BMI), Little Louder Songs (BMI), Longer And Louder Music (BMI), Mammaw’s Fried Okra Music (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI)

  • Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton

Songwriters: Dean Dillon, Linda Hargrove

Publishers: Universal-Songs Of PolyGram International (BMI), EMI Algee (BMI)

  • Vice – Miranda Lambert

Songwriters: Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Smack Hits (GMR), Kobalt Music Group,

Ltd. (GMR), Anderson Fork In The Road Music (ASCAP), Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc. (ASCAP), Smackville Music (ASCAP)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY XFINITY [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]

  • Fire Away – Chris Stapleton

Director: Tim Mattia

Producer: Jennifer Rothlein

  • Forever Country – Artists of Then, Now & Forever (Winner)

Director: Joseph Kahn

Producers: Nathan de la Rionda, Jil Hardin, Charleen Manca, Joanna Carter, Chandra LaPlume, Sarah Trahern,

Damon Whiteside

  • Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw

Director: Wes Edwards

Producer: Jennifer Rothlein

  • Peter Pan – Kelsea Ballerini

Director: Kristin Barlowe

Producer: Michelle Abnet

  • Vice – Miranda Lambert

Director: Trey Fanjoy

Producer: Ashley Bergeron Ford

 

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR*(Off Camera Award)

  • Ashley Gorley
  • Luke Laird
  • Hillary Lindsey
  • Shane McAnally
  • Lori McKenna (Winner)

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • Different For Girls – Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King

Producers: Ross Copperman, Arturo Buenahora Jr.

Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

  • Forever Country – Artists of Then, Now & Forever

Producer: Shane McAnally

Record Label: MCA Nashville

  • May We All – Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw (Winner)

Producer: Joey Moi

Record Label: Big Machine Label Group

  • Setting The World On Fire – Kenny Chesney Featuring P!nk

Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

Record Labels: Blue Chair Records, Columbia Nashville

  • Think Of You – Chris Young Featuring Cassadee Pope

Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young

Record Labels: RCA Nashville, RCA Records

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